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good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> and i'm dan harris. this is saturday, november 13th. and this morning, tough trip. the president finishing up his overseas trip. and coming back with less than he hoped for. is he now striking out both at home and abroad? missing family mystery. an ohio mother and two children go missing, along with a family friend. police find blood at the home and suspect foul play. why was an entire college campus put on lockdown as part of the search? looks like winter is here. parts of texas getting walloped by an early-season snowstorm. and now, parts of the midwest are bracing for one of the worst november storms in a decade. and how to be happy. a new harvard study may unlock the key to a happier life. the secret? it has something to do with your wandering mind.
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so, are you with us this morning? are you here? are you in the moment? as they say. >> i'm actually focusing kind of on other stories we're covering this morning. i want to pay attention to that segment. >> if you're not in the moment, if your mind's wandering, it makes you unhappy. we'll talk about that coming up. also this morning, breaking news. freedom, for the woman who has been called the nelson mandela of asia. the nobel peace prize winner, aung san suu kyi has just been released from house arrest in myanmar, the country formerly known as burma. we'll have a live report, coming up. also, let the sales begin. retailers may finally have something to be merry about this holiday season. and they're trying to start it earlier than ever. so, has black friday become black november? we'll talk about why some consumers are ready to spend again. and where the best deals will be. also coming up, an unbeatable combination. ron claiborne and beagles.
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it's a big finish to our "gma" "work with me" series. where we all got to spend some time on the job with you. ron, with a story about a pretty extraordinary veterinarian. she works with people that have been hit hard by the recession, so they can get low-cost and sometimes free care for their pets. that's all coming up. >> dan, i thought your story was my favorite. i think ron may have you beat there. can't wait to see that. we begin with president obama, who is finishing up his asian tour. he had hoped to come back with some victories to help boost u.s. trade and his political standing. but he's been met with tougher-than-expected resistance. karen travers is covering the president. she joins us from yokohama, japan. karen, not quite a shellacking. but not exactly the kind of trip the president was hoping for, as well. >> reporter: that's right. president obama has had bruising economic setbacks over the last two days. but today, he emphasized modest gains. speaking to asian business leaders, president obama said the u.s. economy can benefit from the growing markets here.
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>> in today's interconnected world, what happens in japan or china or indonesia, also has a direct effect on the lives and fortunes of the american people. >> reporter: the president continued to press the case for more u.s. exports to asia, reiterating his goal of doubling american goods sold in the region over the next five years. he framed it in the context of his most pressing issue back home. >> for america, this is a jobs strategy because with every $1 billion we sell in exports, 5,000 jobs are supported at home. >> reporter: of his top agenda items, the president will be going home largely empty-handed. no agreements on a long-sought free trade deal with south korea. the president could not convince south korea to open its markets to american cars and beef. no breakthrough on the issue of chinese currency. the white house says china is deliberately undervaluing the yuan. that makes it cheaper to produce goods in china and cheaper to sell them overseas. mr. obama said healthy competition is good. but cooperation among nations is necessary.
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>> there's no need to view trade, commerce or economic growth as zero sum gains. thank you, everybody. >> reporter: one significant takeaway. >> cheers. >> reporter: trade deals with india, that will total nearly $10 billion in u.s. exports and support more than 50,000 american jobs. no surprise, the white house is pushing back against the notion that this trip was a failure. and new national security adviser, tom donilon, said disagreements were exaggerated. dan? >> karen travers reporting from japan this morning. thank you. is the president on a losing streak here? we're joined by james carville, in his hometown of new orleans. james, good morning to you. >> thank you. good morning. >> good morning. so, after the shellacking of the midterms, i know that's becoming an overused term. but after the shellacking in the midterms and let's say this tricky trip overseas, do you think the president is on a losing streak? and if so, how serious is it? >> well, losing streak is -- i wouldn't use that word. but i would say he's in a rough
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patch. kind of a slippery slope. and that happens to presidents all the time. i don't think any president goes through a time in an administration where they don't have several of these. and it's going to be interesting to see how he reacts, what he does between now and the first of the year. >> so, if you were advising him, what would you tell him to do to get out of this rut? >> well, you know, first of all, time passing is one thing that kind of works in your favor. some economic news is a little better now. he's probably going to have to make some changes. i mean, i think voters delivered a serious rebuke here. as a democrat, i find that hard to deny. he's going to probably have to look at everything. he's going to have to look at his white house staff. he's going to have to look at what his goals are. he's going to have to look across the aisle and see who he is facing in terms of the new republicans coming in. i'm not sure they're going to be that formidable. but he's going to have to deal with it. >> you mentioned the white house staff. do you think there's going to be a shakeup? >> well, after the congressional elections, there's always
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changes. shakeup is one word. i prefer to use changes. but, you know, nomenclature for one person is different from another. i don't think you go through something like this and say everything is fine. let's continue to go in the direction we are. i think they have to change direction. i know president clinton did that in 1994. and that's typical of what happens in a white house. >> i wanted to ask you this because i know you teach a class at tulane university. at least, i've heard you teach a class there. >> i do. >> it focuses on the debt and the deficit. >> it is. >> obviously, a huge topic right now. so, what would you advise the president to do, in regards of these recommendations from his commission's co-chairs? they put out recommendations like cutting military spending, reducing or cutting the mortgage interest tax deduction, which is popular with a lot of people. raising the social security retirement age. cutting back on social security benefits. this is tough stuff. would you recommend the president do all this? >> well, you know what i would recommend? i think he's in a good position because this is his commission. if you remember, i think senator
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gregg and senator conrad wanted to do this. and the republicans voted that idea down. and the president acted on his own. i would go to the republicans and say, you know, you have promoted deficit reduction. and that was a large part of your victory. and i have a commission. they have a plan on the table. but some of these things, even i have trouble swallowing. but it's a plan that's out there. why don't you present your plan? nobody has ever gotten any of these republicans coming in to say other than the fact they want to cut spending, they don't say what spending they want to cut. this actually tells you what spending that these guys want to cut. so, i would use that as a focal point to get a response from the republicans. and if i didn't get a response from republicans, i would use that as something to, frankly, i'll say this delicately, attack the republicans with. >> all right. one, last, quick question. you wrote a book last year, i believe, that predicted 40 more years of democratic dominance in washington. >> right. i did. >> given what happened not long ago in those elections, do you
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stand by that prediction? >> yeah, i do. and remember, the democrats won four out of the five popular vote in the last presidential elections. they won three out of four after 1994. and the electorate in 2012 is going to look nothing like this electorate. the truth of the matter is, the republicans can get as they got in 2010, an older, white electorate, they're fine. they're not going to get an older, white electorate in the election cycle. they're one out of five. and it's moving in the wrong direction with them. the basic underpinning of the book is, the demographic change in the united states, they're going to favor democrats. and that's certainly going to be really true 20 years from now, if it's not true 2 years from now. i suspect it will be true two years from now. but in the out years, even more true. >> james carville, always a pleasure having you on. we really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> give my regards to new orleans, one of my favorite cities on the planet. >> i will. we're doing great down here. thank you. >> thank you, sir. bianna? >> all right, dan. one of the best-known political prisoners in the world is once again a free woman this
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morning. nobel peace prize winning author aung san suu kyi, leader of myanmar's fight against dictatorship, has been under house arrest in the country, formerly known as burma for 15 of the last 21 years. abc's jim sciutto joins us. jim, quite a dramatic moment for the country right now. >> reporter: bianna, a truly dramatic moment. the thing you get to witness once in a generation. the nelson mandela of this country. freed from her home that has served as her prison for most of the last two decades. crowds swarming out there in excitement. this is a street that would have been illegal to gather on a few days ago. now, you have a party, a celebration. hundreds of people snapping her photograph there to capture this very special moment. she's the face of this opposition movement. but also, the true political leader in one of the most repressive countries in the world. and she's done this with enormous political strength. so many times she's been offered a chance at her freedom if she's agreed to leave the country.
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and she's refused. she even refused when her husband but dying of cancer abroad. and she never saw him again. that's one of the reasons that she garners so much respect from her people. this personal sacrifice. it's been ruled, this country, by military junta for 50 years. we were inside the country, several times in the last few years. and got to witness, up close, just how repressive it is, especially during this uprising of tens of thousands of monks in 2007, when many of them were murdered, killed, tortured. now, we see the leader of this movement free once again. the people of burma hope to challenge this government. >> all right, jim. thank you for the latest. quite an emotional moment for the country right now. >> amazing moment. historic. going to turn to other headlines this morning with ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks is expected to remain in military detention in guantanamo, without going to trial, as once planned. "the washington post" reports that administration officials now believe that khalid shaikh mohammed cannot be put on trial in federal court in new york
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city at least until after the 2012 presidential election because of fierce opposition from members of congress and local officials. and nato forces in afghanistan fought off a suicide bomb attack today. eight taliban militants were killed in the assault on the base in jalalabad in eastern afghanistan. two of them were wearing suicide vests. no afghan or nato troops were killed. and police in north carolina have confirmed that missing 10-year-old zahra baker is dead. they identified a bone as hers. it was found about five miles away from other remains. her father and stepmother are prime suspects in that case. abc's yunji de nies reports. >> reporter: the search for zahra baker is over. >> investigators are devastated that we're not able to find zahra alive and bring her home safely. >> reporter: investigators found human remains, which matched the missing 10-year-old, in a wooded area outside her hometown. zahra's father and stepmother reported her missing on october 9th. the police say no one outside
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the family had seen her after september 25th. this week, her mother arrived from australia overwhelmed with grief and moved by the community's kindness. >> it upsets me that there's so many loving people around here. but yet, it can still happen. >> reporter: there are still many outstanding questions in this case. police have yet to say how zahra may have died. >> you understand what you're charged with? >> reporter: zahra's stepmother is a person of interest in her disappearance, after she admitted to writing a fake $1 million ransom note. after her arrest, zahra's father said little to defend his wife. do you think that your wife was any way involved in your daughter's disappearance? >> i'm not sure. i'd like to think no. >> reporter: neighbors in the area where searchers found her remains have come to pray for the young cancer survivor, who lost her leg and her hearing, battling the disease. >> i just cannot believe somebody would do this.
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and especially to a child who had lived through what she's lived through. >> reporter: for "good morning america," yunji de nies, abc news, atlanta. and finally, that record-setting chinese vase or vase, that was sold at auction in britain. could it be a fake? well, that's what one expert is saying the vase or vase was made between the -- said to be made between the 18th century for the chinese imperial family. was sold for $69 million. highest price ever paid for any chinese artwork. but a british antiques expert is claiming, yesterday, that the vase is, quote, a very clever fake. i wonder if it turns out to be a fraud, do the people who sold it get to keep the money? >> that's a good question. not as burning a question in my mind as vase versus vase. >> we will resolve this by the end of the show. >> vase makes it sound like it could be worth more. >> that's right. >> the reasons of the economic correspondent. >> didn't get it at the 99 cent store. >> all right. time for the weather. and my old friend j.c. monahan,
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from our boston affiliate, wcvb. j.c., good morning. >> good morning, dan, bianna and ron. go with vase, guys. it sounds more expensive. i love it. we're going to start in omaha. they saw one to two inches of snow overnight. the snow has ended now. it's not unusual to see november snowfall. it is about a week ahead of schedule. this storm, take a look. it is moving right up through the midwest. so, it's from warm to winter in the midwest. they've had above-normal temperatures. now, they're looking at the possibility of six to ten inches of snow in the twin cities. this could be the biggest snowfall they've seen in about a decade. so, get ready for the shovels there. traveling is difficult through the midwest. compare that with the warmth on the east coast. we have gorgeous weather, with temperatures at about 5 to 15 degrees, all the way down to the deep south. warmest in the country, go out to los angeles. it's 83 degrees.
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i'll have your saturday outlook in the next half hour. bianna? >> all right. j.c., thank you. well, if you were in the market for a vase or a vase, take note because black friday is still two weeks away. but retailers are already starting to make some of their big holiday sales. there's growing optimism that consumers may be willing to spend again this holiday season. and it seems stores will do almost anything to get your money. t.j. winick has the story. >> reporter: it's all retail wants for the holidays. >> judging by the amount of people with bags in their hands, it looks like it's full-swing. >> reporter: dragged down by the recession, 2008 and 2009, were hardly festive for business. but this year, things are
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looking up. according to credit card companies, retail sales are up more than 3%. retailers have added three-times as many seasonal workers as last season. and one of the country's bellwethers, macy's, rang up better-than-expected profits last year. >> there's a lot of products out there to stimulate buying. >> reporter: here outside macy's in new york city, where the christmas lights have been strung up, shoppers tell us they're tired of not spending money. and what better time to start shopping than the holidays? >> i think people want to spend. that's what i'm noticing. >> reporter: that's why big business, like never before, is getting a head-start. best buy kicked off their early black friday sale yesterday. holiday sales at target begin the sunday before thanksgiving. and launches its online sale a full week before cyber monday. >> ecommerce allows retailers to be able to start the holiday
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season earlier online than they do in their stores. >> reporter: walmart is offering free shipping. but it's not just the chain stores thinking big. this popcorn store outside of denver is hiring a dozen employees for the holidays. >> we're well above average of any other year. so much is fourth quarter. so much is holiday traffic. >> reporter: and after the last couple of years, 3% to 5% bump is the only present retailers really need. for "good morning america," t.j. winick, abc news, new york. and joining me to talk more about this, "wall street journal" columnist, and "gma" contributor, wendy bounds. good to see you. >> hi. >> it's been a while. let's talk about this. we're expecting 2.3% increase in holiday sales. that's still pretty modest. but everything is compared to previous years. >> precarious optimism. >> right. are we jumping the gun here? what if we have a bad employment number next month? is one month really going to set the tone? >> i think that's why the emphasis is on the precarious. we've had a couple of good signs in this past week. a couple of reports out showing the consumer confidence, consumer optimism is growing. we may see uptick in consumer discretionary spending. why is that? a good jobs report we just had.
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people buoyed by the stock market. you hit the nail on the head when we need to hold our breath and wait. this is not going to be pre-2008 spending. so, retailers will have to work for it. >> one ceo of a large appliance company said something that really stood out. he thinks that consumers are just having frugality fatigue. they want to go out and spend finally. but they're still looking for the value. so, what are retailers doing to fight for that? >> i think that's an excellent point. again, we've seen 15% off. 20% off. buy one get one free. it kind of just blows right over. online, people are deal-hunting. in the stores, people are -- the stores have to work for it. they have to create an experience. take banana republic, for instance. they have personal stylists in some of the stores. if you come in, they will dress you and pick out the right outfit. macy's with some of their celebrities, like jessica simpson or martha stewart, they have designer gifts that they're giving away. toys "r" us with the teen heartthrob, justin bieber. they had a big sale for some of his early stuff last week. so, again, it's creating an
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event, a reason to get to the store, beyond just the deals. >> more and more shoppers are shopping online. what are the deals we're expected to find? >> we can shop anywhere, anytime holding one of these devices. online shopping is easier. you can go to places like you can find the deals quickly. and i think that's why people continue to shop so much online. and also think, we don't just buy books online anymore. we'll buy snow throwers. we will buy pool tables. we'll buy big-ticket items. and you're seeing the sales of stores like sears, lowe's, offering big discounts on things like this. appliances, even right now, this weekend. >> people buying food online. >> the bar has been broken. >> this begs the question, should we shop now? or should we hold off for better deals that could come? >> couple of things. the two "ts" you can go shopping for right now, toys and tvs. toys, because in the down economy, parents don't want to disappoint the kids. they want to make sure they get
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the hot toy. we're seeing remarkable discounts from target, walmart, toys "r" us, on things like video barbie and some of the other good toys. so, i think right now, get out and toy shop and feel good about it. tvs, they're almost giving away tvs right now. they don't want to be caught with the leftover inventory. they know they're having competition from other places like the ipad. another screen that's sort of eating away at our viewing habits. so, again, i think you're finding remarkable deals on toys and tvs. everything else, you'll continue to see prices drop as you go through the holidays. >> all right, wendy. optimism there. dan is on his laptop shopping for toys for his beloved niece? >> yes. with precarious optimism. i'm doing that. thank you both. coming up, the missing family mystery. there's a mother in ohio, who along with her two children and a family friend, and the pet dog, have gone missing. the latest on the search for them. and why an entire college campus was locked down as part of this investigation. and ron introduces us to an extraordinary veterinarian who puts her love of pets before profit. as we wrap up our series, "work with me."
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♪ work with me work, work ♪ ♪ work with me that's our very own ron claiborne, dr. ron, turning into dr. doolittle for his "work with me" story. ron got to spend the day working at an animal clinic in virginia, where they help people out who might not otherwise be able to afford to keep their pets healthy. good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> has a good touch with the animals. >> i like him in that green, too. >> yeah. >> good color on you. >> i'll get a copy for you. >> good morning, as well. i'm dan harris. it's saturday, november 13th. we've all heard the self-help gurus telling us we need to be present. we need to live in the moment. now, there's a pair of scientists from harvard that say the gurus may be right. the scientific insight into our wandering minds this morning. we begin with a missing mystery in ohio. a woman, two children and a family friend disappeared earlier this week.
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now, an all-out search is under way, and an entire college campus was put on lockdown as part of the investigation. linsey davis has been following the story. here with the details. linsey, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. a search party is now under way this morning as we speak in ohio, for the four, missing people. two of them children. multiple law enforcement agencies appear to be scratching their heads over this unusual case. tina hermann and her children, 13-year-old sarah and 10-year-old kody, and her friend, stephanie spring, even the family dog, have all disappeared. if they left a trace, police aren't saying. >> we're seeing this is a missing person's investigation. >> reporter: tina's live-in ex-boyfriend, greg border, said he last saw her wednesday morning before he went to work. and got a text soon after, that tina had fed the dog. >> the way things are going down. having csi out here. and something happened inside that house. >> reporter: kody and sarah went to school. but that afternoon, tina didn't show up at work at dairy queen. a deputy later went by the house and saw her pickup truck in the
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driveway. he knocked on the door. but there was no answer. later that night, that same deputy went back to the house. the lights were on. but again, no answer. on thursday, the kids didn't show up at school. and tina was absent from work again. her manager went to the house. inside, he found beer cans and blood. then, called police. >> we're looking at the blood as evidence of someone being injured in this house. >> reporter: tina's friend, stephanie's, car was parked in the garage. and late thursday night, tina's empty truck was found on the outskirts of the kenyon college campus. as a precaution, the campus was put on lockdown. and investigators have been searching for the group ever since. >> walking the areas of the bike path. checking fields in the area. >> reporter: police are questioning tina's ex-boyfriend. but they say he's not a suspect. larry maynard is tina's ex-husband and the father of the two kids. >> the live-in boyfriend, greg,
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i just don't believe anything he says. >> reporter: greg and tina dated for six years. but he says that recently, they've been having some trouble. their home was going into foreclosure. and they were talking about splitting up. he says that wednesday night, he stayed at a friend's house and had no idea that they were missing. i think the key will be finding out what happens when the blood tests come back. >> we know you will be on top of this story to bring us the latest information. linsey, thanks for joining us this morning. thanks for coming in. going to ron claiborne now. dr. ron. i keep calling you that. >> you may. you may. good morning, everyone. in the news, myanmar pro-democracy leader, aung san suu kyi, has been freed from house arrest. the 1991 nobel peace prize winner greeted supporters outside her home. this following seven years of detention by the country's ruling military. and president obama is striking out in his attempts to get asian leaders to agree to let the u.s. have greater access to their markets. in japan, the president said the u.s. prosperity is tied to the economic success of its pacific trading partners.
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and the former university of tennessee student who hacked into sarah palin's e-mail account in 2008, has been sentenced. david kernell will serve a year in a halfway house, instead of going to prison. a group of family and friends in michigan hit the jackpot for 129 million bucks, with a lottery ticket bought at a detroit adult bookstore. one member has stepped forward to claim the prize. but the others wish to remain anonymous. time for weather. j.c. monahan from boston's wcvb. j.c.? >> good morning, ron. i'm moving along. and heading down to texas. greenville, texas, where yesterday, a microburst caused this damage you see here. this looks like amarillo, though, with the snowfall that's coming in. greenville, texas, saw a microburst with 65-mile-per-hour winds. amarillo, texas, saw snow yesterday. we continue with snowfall that goes up through the midwest. that's where we're already getting reports of six inches of snow in parts of iowa and over to parts of minnesota, as well.
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that's where the winter storm warnings are up. possibly double-digits for snowfall for you there. across the country, we have windy conditions out in the west, as you go south of l.a. there's red flag warnings on the east coast. gorgeous weather. get out and enjoy it. this weather report has been brought to you by dove hair care. dan and bianna? >> thanks, j.c. this is a story we've been talking about offcamera all morning. does your mind have a tendency to wander sometimes? >> it does. >> happens to everybody. it's human nature. turns out, most of us, when we're doing one thing, we're often thinking about something else. now, there's a new study out of harvard that says our wandering minds actually make us unhappy. >> you have to live your own dreams.
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>> reporter: it is a classic self-help mantra. be here now. live in the present moment. >> you never live in the moment. >> i live in the moment. >> deeply embrace this moment. >> reporter: according to this new study from harvard, the gurus are right. the study authors created an app for the iphone, which, by the way, is a great device for distraction. they contacted 2,250 people through their iphones at random moments throughout the day and asked three questions. one, how are you feeling right now, on a scale of 0 to 100? two, what are you doing right now? and three, are you thinking about something other than what you're doing? they found that people's minds were wandering 46.9% of the time. except, it should be noted, during lovemaking. and that people were less happy when their minds were wandering than when they were present and attentive. >> that lot of people when
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their minds are wandering, they're thinking about unpleasant things. worrying about the future. ruminating on something from the past. and that has negative relationship to their happiness. >> reporter: we all do it. while i've been reporting this story, i've been thinking about what i had during my last meal. what i should have had during my last meal. and my adorable 2-year-old niece, campbell. it is a unique ability we humans have. our brains allow us to spend a lot of time thinking about the future and reflecting on the past. but the study authors say, while this evolutionary leap has allowed us to build skyscrapers and the internet, it also comes at an emotional cost. >> fascinating. you know? and you were also saying there's some other tips as to how we focus on the moment. they're going to be studying that. >> the frustrating part of the study is they don't make any recommendations about how to stay in the moment. that's what they're going to study next. it is a big problem. there's a great mark twain quote. he said some of the worst things in my life never even happened. we just project in the future with concern all the time. >> be in the moment, folks. stay with us because coming up in a moment, we're going to be paging dr. ron claiborne. ron goes to work with a
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♪ work with me work, work ♪ we have been having a lot of fun with our catchy tune and our "work with me, gma" series this week. we've met inspiring people from all over the country. i waited tables. double-shifting. she was a great girl. >> she was cool. and juju worked with a police officer/firefighter sister act. george worked in a steel mill. robin worked at a fish wholesaler. sam served up barbecue. i had the easiest job of all. i went to napa valley and worked at a winery. >> now, it's ron's turn. >> for my "work with me" turn, i went to work with a veterinarian in richmond, virginia. first of all because i like animals, dogs and cats, friends. but also because this particular veterinarian is very special. she set up a clinic to do surgery and dental work on pets, which can be extremely expensive at an affordable price. helping to meet a truly critical need in these difficult, economic times. >> want to feed the dog?
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>> reporter: lori pasternak, dr. lori pasternak begins at 6:00 a.m. in fashionable, green scrubs. juggling family. >> you got your lunchbox. >> reporter: and her own dogs. >> my old lady. >> ready? let's go. >> let's get in the car. >> reporter: she then climbs into her 1989 chevy celebrity, outfitted to look like a beagle. and heads to work at her veterinary clinic, helping hands. i wanted to work with lori because i love animals. i grew up with dogs. but i had a cat. a truly great cat, named eleanor, for 18 years. hello? good morning. >> good morning. >> reporter: lori, i'm ron. >> hi. >> reporter: i'd like to do your job today. >> okay. we're excited to have you. >> reporter: i'm a little bit wary. i've never done anything like this. >> well, we'll get you through it. >> reporter: at helping hands, lori and her assistant, and business partner, jackie morasco, perform surgery and do dental care for pets, mainly dogs and cats.
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>> ready to get started? >> reporter: i'm ready. just like you. >> pick him up. >> reporter: hi, there. our first patient is charlotte, a 6-year-old beagle. she's a little nervous. >> well, the reason we hold them like this, it prevents her from, if she did become nervous, from turning around and maybe biting. >> reporter: charlotte has gallstones. we're going to get them out. into happy land, charlotte. >> here we go. get the stones out. >> reporter: after tranquilizing charlotte, we shave her belly, where the incision will be made. once she's out cold, we bring her to the o.r. for the operation. >> on top. >> reporter: it takes a while. but eventually, they flush out three, tiny stones. the operation is a success. charlotte is going to be just fine. lori opened helping hands last year, in part because of the recession. economic hard times for people have been hard, too, on pets.
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she wanted to offer surgery and dental service for pets at an affordable price. >> often times people would come in. and they would have these advanced procedures that they needed to have done. and when you talked about what it cost to have it done, they simply couldn't find a way to pay it. they had to chose between their pet's life, or paying their mortgage, or feeding the kids. often times they would let the pets go without or put them to sleep. simply because they couldn't afford it. >> reporter: at helping hands they charge a fraction of what other vets charge. lori will perform an operation, that might cost $5,000 elsewhere, for several hundred dollars. and if someone can't afford even her prices, they pay what they can. and the difference comes out of a special fund, made of donations and a $5 fee tacked on to every bill. do you make any money? >> not yet. >> reporter: why do you do it? >> it makes us feel good. we never have to say no. we get hugs and appreciation and kisses, not only from the
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animal, but from their owners. and it just makes us feel great. >> this is our dog, oscar. >> this is janie. >> poochie williams. >> this is george. >> this the angus. >> they were willing to do the surgery for the little bit of money we had. and they helped work with us and save his life. >> helping hands helped us by reducing the cost of surgery by $900. >> i'm thankful that helping hands more than anyone would know. without their help, she wouldn't be alive today. >> reporter: this day, lori and jackie did four more operations. three dogs, including this behemoth named buzz, who had a benign tumor, the size of a football, growing in his side. and a cool, gray cat who needed her thyroid removed. you work hard. >> you did great. >> reporter: did i help a little bit? >> you did great. you didn't pass out. you didn't get queasy. i'm proud of you. >> reporter: that's the standard, right? mr. hackley, this is ron claiborne, from helping hands. this was the fun part. letting their anxious owners know their pet was okay. wanted to let you know that lexie is perfectly fine. waking up normally after surgery.
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so, everything went well. and remember charlotte the beagle? one of my last jobs was to turn her over to her owner. here's your dog, charlotte. back, repaired and ready to go. this was a good day of work. as you see, i had a great time helping out. while helping hands does provide steep discounts, their service is not free unless it's a life or death situation. if someone cannot afford to pay, they can work off what they owe by volunteering at helping hands or somewhere else that helps animals. now, i would like to present dr. lori pasternak, here from helping hands. >> great to have you here. >> great to see you. thanks for bringing friends. >> this is my life every day. this is how i get to spend it. >> not bad. >> it's a wonderful service you're providing. a lot of people in hard economic times, we say, can't afford to take care of their pets. and sometimes put them down, even. >> absolutely. >> really? put them down because they can't
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afford to pay for them? >> and pets are really part of the family. people take to them like their own family members and children. >> in fact, bianna has an announcement for her husband. she has a new member of the family. >> that's right. >> congratulations. >> we'll be back with more dogs in just a minute. keep it here. man: so this is my new windows phone. it's pretty different. it's got these live tiles that update right here. one look and i can see what my brother's up to... what's happening on twitter... and even xbox live. and i'm done. so now i can put the phone away, spend more time with her. spend less time... alone. vo: less staring, more clubbing. new windows phone. get yours at at&t.
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healthy life. the first one is dental care. a lot of people don't think about that. >> sure. a lot of people don't think about how important it is. your mouth is a window to your overall health, just like it is for us. and so, brushing teeth and getting regular, routine cleaning is very important. and can go a long way to keeping your pet alive for a long time. it's very simple to know if your pet needs dental care. you lift their lip up and look. if you see yellow or brown, or the smell barrels you over, you need to get their teeth cleaned. >> you do have a lot of surgery. removing growths. we saw buzz with that football-sized tumor. what should pet owners do to be alert for these growths? what can they do to watch out? >> well, certainly petting your pet often and feeling for them. and a lot of people don't think about feeling beneath them, as well. that's very important. breast cancer is very common in dogs as much as it is in people. rubbing them and petting them. and having them removed when they're very small is not only safer for the pet. it's easier recovery time. a smaller incision.
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and it also saves you money, as well, because it costs less the less time they spend in surgery and the post-op care. >> and buzz turned out all right. had that huge tumor removed. >> great to meet you. thanks for coming in. >> thank you very much. it was fabulous working with you. or trying to. want to thank the north shore animal league america for bringing in the dogs for us this morning. all the dogs, some of the dogs, are up for adoption. you can find out about them at the we'll be right back. ♪
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mayhem on the "gma" set here. >> thank you very much, dr. lori pasternak, for joining us. you can do my job. read us off the air. >> thank you for joining us. please stay with abc news throughout the day. good morning, let's check in wirs with the weather as we head into the weekend you need to how cold it will get. >> good morning, we were in the 30s but now we're beginning to warm already. a live look out over the bay, it's beautiful, tons of sunshine not only today but the next
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several days and we'll see warmer weather. got some 30s in novato but 50s elsewhere. we will be looking at the winds picking up. that is going to aid in the warming. wind advisory for the north bay mountains, the delta and east bay hills and the diablo range. highest elevations we're seeing the gusty winds, above 2,000 feet, 50-60 miles an hour. thousand feet, 20-40 miles an hour. so you will definitely feel the wind but on the surface, five to eight degrees warmer with high pressure building in the pacific northwest coast. very mild afternoons, in fact temperatures above normal, 71 san francisco today. 72 in oakland, fremont and livermore and at our coast we're climbing about eight degrees in half moon bay. 70 in santa cruz so the string
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of dry and sunny days with the warmest weather will be right through the weekend. also again on monday, cooling begins on tuesday. back to the 60s and next system comes in at friday. >> and a series of pepper spray attacks see victims struggling to see. and local hospital muasz, you will hear shocking examples of poor patient care. join us next for the news at 8:00. it starts with you falling in love with the most personalized most customized piece of furniture you will ever own get that one piece right and the rest of the room will just fall in to place it starts with you introducing yourself to the world of ethan allen see your ethan allen design center today for two beautiful ways to save
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